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If You Give A Donkey The White House: Fast Relief For Political Tension

Trish Stevens
Ascot Media Group
Post Office Box 2394
Friendswood, TX 77549
(281) 333-3507 Phone
(832) 569-5539 Fax


If You Give A Donkey The White House: Fast Relief For Political Tension

Teaneck, NJ – As this election year moves towards a close, some of us may feel like we’ve had enough politics to choke a horse. Political satire is one viable option. Since the stone ages, whenever there is organized government, political satire is not far behind. David E. Levine’s colorfully illustrated book, If You Give a Donkey the White House (Dog Ear Publishing), will have right-leaning readers in hysterics from beginning to end!

If You Give a Donkey the White House, modeled after Laura Numeroff’s vastly popular children’s series If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, is riddled with wit and loaded with sarcasm. Levine’s book blends political humor into a meaningful story with a clear and indisputable message: “People need to be careful where they put their trust because even one well-intentioned act can create a chain of events that leads to disastrous results!”

The story begins with a boy and his dog opening the gates of the White House to let in an arrogant donkey, believing it’s a good idea. “Unfortunately, once the donkey gets in,” says Levine, “he’ll want to expand the government and in no time at all, the boy gets taken on a misguided adventure that ruins his life.”

What makes bashing bureaucracy so popular? If we went back to the oldest example of political satire around 400 BC and asked Aristophanes, there’s a very good chance that his answer would be the same today: It’s entertaining, and it’s a satisfying outlet that provides a good chuckle at the expense of government blunders.

David Levine lives with his wife and four children in New Jersey, where he finds ample opportunity to make fun of donkeys.

For more information, please visit:

Available at and all major online outlets
If You Give a Donkey the White House
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN-10: 1457530279
ISBN-13: 978-1457530272

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Knox Chase on the Case of the Valentine’s Day Mystery: Read the Book. Audition for the Movie. See it on the Big Screen.

Monica Foster
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Post Office Box 2394
Friendswood, TX 77549
281.324.2180 – Office
713.446.8815 – Cell
281.333.3507 – Main

(This press release may be reprinted in part or entirety)

Knox Chase on the Case of the Valentine’s Day Mystery: Read the Book. Audition for the Movie. See it on the Big Screen.

Denver, CO – Reading clubs everywhere – be on alert! Knox Chase is making his way to bookshelves and this super sleuth kid is gaining the admiration of middle school-aged kids everywhere – with the added benefit that the magical nature of these stories helps kids learn how to solve their own problems.

The book, Knox Chase on the Case of the Valentine’s Day Mystery by Adam Lipsius will be released in January, 2016. Additionally, the production is already scheduled for a motion picture in association with Sean Covel (the producer of “Napoleon Dynamite”) and Casting Director Mary Jo Slater (“The Contender” and “Dumb and Dumber”) – and the producers will be holding an online casting contest, providing the opportunity for aspiring kid actors and actresses to be in the movie, maybe even one of the lead characters.

Meet KC Green. KC is a small-town kid with a big-time imagination — and an even bigger secret. He can see the pulp fiction detective he was named for, from the 1930s & 40s Knox Chase on the Case novels. He even talks to him, which gets a little awkward since no one else can see the guy, and because this salty film noir gumshoe lands our hero into all kinds of little kid trouble.

When a mysterious stranger bumps into KC on Valentine’s Day, however, and they mix up envelopes, a thriller lands in KC’s lap and grown-up trouble breaks out all over town. His music teacher gets run over. The school janitor is framed for attempted murder. Even KC and his friends have to fight for their lives.

Unfortunately, the town’s chief detective is a nitwit, his son is a bully and the more KC investigates, the more trouble his dad gets in with his mom for hooking KC on sleuthing in the first place. Their marriage could be in the most trouble of all.

It takes KC’s wits, his invisible partner, his best friend Ben and even the girl he gets so nervous around he can’t speak to her, in order to figure out the Case of the Valentine’s Day Mystery.  

“It’s the kind of book you grew up on,” says Adam. “… Where kids face danger, make mistakes and keep fighting to save the day.”

Adam Lipsius attended USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He is an accomplished author, feature film director, producer and screenwriter. His movie, “16-LOVE” was distributed in 2012 by Warner Bros. Digital, Gravitas Ventures and Entertainment One. He graduated from Dartmouth College where he wrote his first book, The Birth of Dr. Seuss. Additionally, he has received numerous awards for his short films and commercials.

Release Date: January 2016
Knox Chase on the Case of the Valentine’s Day Mystery
By Adam Lipsius
Uptown 6
ISBN: 978-0615988887

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Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much: Hiss-terical Look at Feline’s Biggest Fans

Kim Weiss
Director of Communications
HCI Books, The Life Issues Publisher
3201 SW 15 Street
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
(800) 851-9100 ext. 212

(This press release may be reprinted in part or its entirety)

Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much: Hiss-terical Look at Feline’s Biggest Fans

A when-is-enough-enough (Never!) guide that helps women pinpoint the warning signs of cat codependency so they can course correct and get their lives back—should they really want to—combined with real-life examples of the lengths women go to please their puddies.

Norwalk, CT – Do you gather fur from your cat’s brush to make earrings? Do you reek of Feliway? Ever contemplated plastic surgery to resemble your puddy? Over-the-top behavior? Maybe. But for women who’re on a never-ending quest to prove their love to their kitties, cat codependent comportment such as this is the norm.

Now there’s a book that comes clean about what many would consider cause for ten-step programs and heavy medication: Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much (HCI Books — $10.95). Written with compassion by bestselling feline author, Allia Zobel Nolan, and chockfull of hiss-terical illustrations by Sylvia cartoonist, Nicole Hollander, Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much validates the challenges women go through to do more, be more, give more to the fur balls who share (and rule) their lives. Then, too, it makes women entangled in this self-depreciating web feel better about themselves as they realize they are not alone.

“I know there are women out there who try (many in vain) to cover up their addiction to pleasing their puddies,” says Zobel Nolan. “I’m one of them. So I reprised this book for two reasons: to throw cold water in their faces so they snap out of their dilemma and get a life (fat chance), and failing that, to let feline-addicted women know they’re a member of a silent sorority who find it impossible to look into their cat’s heart-wrenching eyes and say that callous two-letter word ‘No.’ ”

“Women like us wouldn’t think twice about hiring a personal trainer to exercise our cats’ arms and legs while they nap, so the babies don’t have to expend the energy,” confides Zobel Nolan. “It’s just the kind of thing we do, and Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much finally clears the air about it… I’m just hoping readers will find themselves in these pages and learn to appreciate and laugh at the things we do for love.”

About the author:

Allia Zobel Nolan is an internationally-published, award-winning author of over 200 children’s and adult trade titles. Her books reflect her two main passions, God and cats, and include such varied titles as Purr More, Hiss Less: Heavenly Lessons I Learned from My Cat, Cat Confessions: A Kitty-Come-Clean Tell-All Book, The Ten Commandments for Little Ones, The Worrywart’s Prayer Book and Whatever: Livin’ the True, Noble, Totally Excellent Life

Zobel Nolan lives and loves her puddies way too much in Connecticut with her husband, Desmond Finbarr Nolan, and their feline children, Sineady Cat, the Fraidy Cat, and Nolan Nolan.

About the illustrator:

Nicole Hollander created and produced the syndicated cartoon strip, Sylvia, for a gazillion years. She blogs six days a week at and offers a Sylvia archival strip every day—as well as links to politics, cultural commentary and, of course, more cat videos than you can shake a stick at!

The author is available for interviews and/or to commiserate with women who love their cats too much any time. Please call Kim Weiss at the number above for more information.

Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much
By Allia Zobel Nolan
ISBN-9780757318726 — $10.05 – October 2015
Available where books are sold, or to order directly from the publisher call (800) 441-5569 or visit

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Entertaining Whimsical Children’s Books Combined With Educational Twists Are A Win-Win For Parents At This Magical Time Of The Year

Dea Shandera
Ascot Media Group
Post Office Box 2394
Friendswood, TX 77549
281.333.3507 Phone
310.699.7880 Cell
832.569.5539 Fax

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Entertaining Whimsical Children’s Books Combined With Educational Twists Are A Win-Win For Parents At This Magical Time Of The Year

Los Angeles, CA – Singer-songwriter and children’s book author Nancy Guettier finds the inspiration in each of her adopted children to write entertaining and educational stories. Guettier has very cleverly included educational twists in each of her books, and her whimsical and fun style makes learning effortless. Nancy donates a portion of the Nancyland book proceeds to Habitat for Humanity.

The five-book series from prominent publisher Morgan James Kids includes: Mermaids on Mars, Roy G. Biv is Mad at Me Because I LOVE PINK!, Circus in the Sky, Jude’s Moon, and I Wish.

She shares a little information on each book:

Mermaids on Mars is an award-winning book which was recently completed as a short film and won Best Animated Short Award at the 2015 Carmel International Film Festival, and has also been accepted into several other upcoming film festivals.

“This is a whimsical story about mermaids – when they lived on Mars. Mermaids thrived in Mars’ crater pools and used up all of the water resources, splashing around. Thanks to a very cool rocket ship, the mermaids travelled to Earth and settled in our oceans. This book also helps children learn the importance of water conservation.”

“Roy G. Biv is Mad at Me Because I LOVE PINK! is centered around Genevieve who loves splashing in puddles after a rain shower. Mostly, Genevieve loves pink; however, pink is not a color in the rainbow. Understandably that upsets Roy G. Biv, who convinces her to experience all the colors of the rainbow.”

“This little gem is a delightfully entertaining read. Julian dreams he is the ring leader of the constellations in Circus in the Sky. He discovers Leo the Lion, the Gemini twins and the rest of the sky’s 88 constellations.”

“In Jude’s Moon, Jude loves the moon so much that he believes he is the one who hung it in the sky. Throughout the story, Jude examines the phases of the moon, as well as fun facts about the sun.”

Guettier’s most recent book, I Wish, is about friendship and the importance of a best friend. “Genevieve and Ariana find a magic wand and are excited to explore all of the magic it can provide. They learn, however, that despite their whimsical journey of wishing, dreaming and discovering, all they really need is each other.”

“Adopting my children was a blessing and they inspired me to pour my creativity into writing children’s books,” says Guettier. “It’s important to me to provide kids, not only entertainment, but educational value as well. My hope is that children around the globe will love these books so much, they will read them again and again.”

For more information, please visit:

Morgan James Kids Series (5 titles)
By Nancy Guettier

Roy G. Biv is Mad at Me Because I LOVE PINK! – ISBN-13: 978-1614486428
Mermaids on Mars – ISBN-13: 978-1614486701
Circus in the Sky – ISBN-13: 978-1614486725
Jude’s Moon – ISBN-13: 978-1614489641
I Wish – ISBN-13: 978-1630475147

Morgan James Publishing
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other fine book outlets

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Bullying Has No Boundaries; Two Books That Deal With The Issues Facing Kids And Adults Today

Caroline Jones
Ascot Media Group
Post Office Box 2394
Friendswood, TX 77549
281.333.3507 Phone
832-569-5539 Fax

(This press release may be reprinted in part or entirety)

Bullying Has No Boundaries; Two Books That Deal With The Issues Facing Kids And Adults Today

New York, NY – Peter A. Sacco has written scripts for TV commercials, as well as for movie production companies. He worked with Academy Award winner Joe Mayer and also wrote the Vices commercial which premiered at the Boston Film Festival. As evidenced by his latest books, this award-winning executive producer is determined to end bullying and relationship violence, and has teamed up with actor/director Mitch Markowitz to create a PSA on bullying.

His exciting new children’s book should be on everyone’s holiday gift-giving list. Gummer: The Last Toothless Vampire (DoctorZed Publishing) is a heartwarming and exciting story children will love.

James Reed is a foster child who has been bullied throughout his entire short life. Through a chance encounter, he meets Ted ─ a toothless vampire ─ who was bitten while living rough on the mean city streets. Not long after, the vampire who bit him was destroyed leaving Ted as the last of his kind and ….fangless! James is on a quest to find his mother with the help of his toothless vampire friend, but how far will a vampire go to make a lonely kid’s dream come true? The differences in this unlikely couple actually end up helping their two souls bond together and the outcome has James reuniting with his mother in a tale so engaging, it’s sure to make Gummer the next holiday tradition.

We often think bullying is reserved for kids and situations that happen in schools, but what about the bullying of adults? In Bullying for Adults: Big Fish in a Small Pond, Peter details different types of bullies, what makes someone become a bully, the forms in which it occurs, the types of abusive/dominating behavior, who’s likely to be a victim, the warning signs, and offers advice on how not to become a victim, and much more. This eBook is available at no charge to help get the word out.

Regardless of whether it’s on social media or some other venue, Internet bullying has become a serious issue for both children and adults today, and its emotional effect can create mental health problems for victims that last a lifetime. Peter Sacco is a strong advocate for stopping all relationship violence for every age group.

Peter Sacco is a recipient of the Award of Excellence in Teaching, lecturing at universities both in the US and Canada, and is also an Adjunct Psychology Professor at Niagara University in Lewiston, NY, in the Teacher Education Program. A bestselling author, psychology professor and former private practitioner, Peter has also written over 500 articles in media/magazines as well as several book reviews for Prentice-Hall Publishing. He is a regularly featured guest on television and radio, and is the host of a highly popular weekly radio show. As an award-winning executive producer, he has hosted many documentaries on relationships, psychological issues and children’s issues. For more information on Peter or his books, please visit:

Gummer: The World’s Last Toothless Vampire
DoctorZed Publishing

Available at:, author’s website, or

Bullying for Adults: Big Fish in a Small Pond
eBook available at no charge.

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A Lifelong Storyteller Writes Twelve Books in Twelve Months

Gary Brose, Agent
206-505-9752 tel


A Lifelong Storyteller Writes Twelve Books in Twelve Months

Seattle, WA – Contemporary romance author Vi Zetterwall is no stranger to dreaming up stories. As a child, her sister would encourage her to tell herself a story until she fell asleep. It’s twenty-eight years later and Zetterwall, author of The Single Heart Series, is still telling stories. She decided a year ago to write novellas – not one, but twelve – with the caveat of completing the entire series within a year.

While many series are based on characters, Zetterwall’s The Single Heart Series follows The Coin of Luck in Life and Love. In each book, the female lead receives the coin. Each book celebrates life and love in Seattle, and the coin plays a significant role in the journey and choices these women make. Afterwards, the coin is passed on to someone new, which in turn, drives the plot to the next book.

“Amazon has made it easy for authors to publish their work,” says Zetterwall. While she originally began writing a novel, her labor of love (at 200 pages) wasn’t even a quarter of the way written. She worked on it for 7 years and she says “It’s still collecting dust.”

Upon seeing the activity on Amazon, Zetterwall decided to write novellas (35,000 to 65,000 words). She found that she could deliver the shorter novellas quickly, and reviews from her readers show that Zetterwall has created a dedicated following. Common threads from reviewers compliment Zetterwall on her writing style, dialogues and unexpected twists.

For more information, visit

The Single Heart Series
By Vi Zetterwall
Publisher: CC Productions
Available online:

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Heart of Fire: An Intimate Journey Of Pain, Love And Healing

Elizabeth Malone
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Post Office Box 133032
The Woodlands, TX 77393
Office: (281) 333-3507


Heart of Fire: An Intimate Journey Of Pain, Love And Healing

“This is a story you’ll still be thinking about tomorrow,”
– Barbara Walters, ABC NEWS 20/20

Encinitas, CA – Speaker, and founder and CEO of Angel Faces® (, Lesia Stockall Cartelli’s newly released book, Heart of Fire (Carlyle Publishing), delivers hope and inspiration to those who are struggling with pain, emotional or physical. No stranger to pain, Lesia suffered a serious burn injury over 50% of her face and body at the age of nine in a natural gas explosion. Because of what she experienced on the long road to healing, she has devoted her life to helping others in their journey.

In her authentic open voice, Heart of Fire demonstrates how to discover blessings and gifts within any type of challenge. Throughout her life and those of the lives she touches, Heart of Fire shares the importance of opening our hearts to deeply heal what blocks our life’s pathway. Anyone who has been through hard times and seeks inspiration and hope must read this heart-warming, often humorous, story of a journey.

Lesia has transformed her pain into a life of passion and purpose. She insists that we are here on Earth to do more than simply survive. Lesia Cartelli has not only found the blessings in her tragedy, she has touched many hearts and souls through her innovative and passionate work, Angel Faces®.

Cartelli founded Angel Faces®, a unique, national nonprofit organization, which provides healing retreats and ongoing support that inspires adolescent girls and young women with burn/trauma injuries to achieve their optimum potential so they may develop meaningful relationships for them, their families, and their communities.

Heart of Fire also teaches about the power of embracing your fears. Resiliency and courage motivated Cartelli to face her fear of fire at age thirty-three. She suited up in breathing apparatus, full firefighting gear, and entered a burning building known as a “control burn.” Her fear now conquered, she married the fire captain who led her into the fire to face her fears. In Heart of Fire, Lesia shares her life-changing experience in conquering her own fear in hopes that she will inspire others.

Lesia Cartelli is a dynamic, captivating, internationally known speaker. She lives in southern California with her husband and Bently, a standard poodle. Cartelli loves adventure travel and riding her Harley Davidson.

For more information on Lesia, Angel Faces®, or her newly released book, please visit: or

Available on at: and author’s website.
Heart of Fire
Publisher: Carlyle Publishing; First edition (September 20, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0990430735 Paperback
ISBN-13: 0990430704 E-book

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